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AWHS freshmen engage in vaping

Genevieve Peterson and Brynn Galaich
October 3, 2021

Across the country, vaping has become popular among many teens. AWHS is not an exception to this, as many students have been using this unsafe and highly addictive substance. A vape, or e-cigarette, is an electronic device providing a drug that users inhale. Vapes often contain nicotine, but they can also contain marijuana, LSD, and Ketamine, all substances that cause different user experiences...

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COVID-19 makes increasing teacher salaries even more necessary

Mia DeNunzio
September 24, 2021

The teachers in the Tamalpais Unified High School District (TUHSD) work more than they are paid for. They deal with complaints from parents and accommodate students with many different backgrounds. Often, they spend time outside of their work hours grading tests, papers, and a variety of assignments. Teachers have always worked hard, but during COVID-19, they have labored even more than before, and...

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AWHS Drama steps back into the spotlight

Brody Rhodes
September 23, 2021

After almost two years in the COVID-19 pandemic, AWHS performers are finally able to return to the Little Theater stage.  Jasper Thelin, the AWHS Drama teacher, felt distant from his students over the pandemic. Drama students, both “novice and experienced,” were able to challenge themselves during COVID-19 by acting at home. They preserved and stayed strong to come back to this community.  “Being...

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AWHS students find joy through COVID-19

Kyra Featherstone
September 23, 2021

On Mar. 13, 2020, schools across the U.S shut down due to COVID-19, uprooting students' normal routines. With in-person school out of the question, AWHS students searched for activities to restore a sense of normalcy during an unpredictable time. Now, as AWHS begins a new school year, students reflect over the past year and examine what brought them joy during the pandemic.   AWHS senior Sadie...

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Is taking the PSAT really necessary?

Chloe Levenson
September 22, 2021

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is a precursive test for the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT test is available to sophomores and juniors to take once per year. If a high score is achieved on the PSAT/NMSQT when taken during junior year, it could lead to a National Merit Scholarship.  Many students, including AWHS sophomore Claire Ridella, will...

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AWHS counselors recommend seniors to stray from standardized tests

Naomi Betz, Photography Editor
September 13, 2021

The high school class of 2021 experienced a college application process like no other. Standardized tests required for college applications, the SAT or ACT, were canceled or postponed, and the few testing sites that were available filled up quickly. Many universities were forced to get rid of the standardized test requirement as, according to the Washington Post, 1 million students could no longer...

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AWHS families and faculty flock to falcon logo reveal

Alice Simenstad and Georgia Schroeder
August 11, 2021

After a summer of fundraising, designing, and painting, AWHS proudly presented its new school logo on Monday, Aug. 9 to the community. The logo was displayed on the recently-painted gym floor, sweatshirts and t-shirts, and the AWHS sports jerseys. The new logo is the latest development in the name change process, depicting the school’s mascot, the falcon, which was selected by the Drake Leadership...

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Upperclassmen share tips for next years Assassin

Henry Pratt, News Editor
June 15, 2021

The game is called “Killer” at some schools, but at Archie Williams High School (AWHS) it’s called Assassin: a water gun, prize money fueled game that is a rite of passage for AWHS upperclassmen. Through a variety of strategies, teams of three compete each May by hiding from their assassins and killing their targets until they are the last team standing or are eliminated. Strategies are a paramount...

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Archie Williams High School boys varsity water polo seniors reflect on season after win against Redwood High School

Avery Yudice, Website and Social Manager and Opinion Editor
June 13, 2021

The AWHS boys varsity water polo team celebrated their graduating seniors after an intense game against Redwood High School on May 26. Overcoming a four-point deficit, the AWHS boys water polo team came back to take home the win.  “That was by far the most stressful game of the season,” said Tate Miller, an AWHS varsity player who will play water polo at Occidental College in the fall.  The...

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Senior Map

June 11, 2021

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Avery Yudice, Website and Social Manager and Opinion Editor
June 9, 2021

Civil Unrest Continued as the United States Fell Into a Pandemic   YEARS OF DIVISION In his inauguration address on January 20, 2021, 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden said, "Few people in our nation's history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we're in now,” regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and political division.   VIRUS PARALYZES GLOBAL POPULATION On January 6, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO)...

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TUHSD administration addresses mountain biking risk factors with new protocols

Samantha Parr and Aler Giffin
May 26, 2021

On May 11, the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) administration held a meeting with mountain biking team coaches and advisors to discuss the operations of the Archie Williams, Redwood, and Tamalpais High School teams in regards to current board policies and administrative regulations. Although the board states that their intention was never to do away with the mountain biking teams, many...

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